When You Want to Live A Freelancer’s Life

But you’re not sure how to do it

Beth Byfield
2 min readAug 16, 2022


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I’m still trying to figure out how to get momentum going on the wheel of freelance. I see people posting their success stories saying they read a Reddit thread and answered it and suddenly they made $5000.

Another person made a pitch to a magazine and sold a story.

Then there are the people making thousands a month here on Medium. Maybe not all of the claims are true, but I have no reason to doubt that some of the top writers are pulling in that much.

My point is that these people’s methods are still a mystery to me. I feel like I’m outside the house trying to get in, but the door has a combination lock on it and I can’t crack the code.

The process of making cold pitches, first pitches, or wind-up pitches for that matter, still confuses me. The cheer echos “Just do it!” I answer, “Ok, what exactly is it that I’m doing?”

It’s like those millionaire stories. A guy had an idea for a product, so he made it and also made hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s all those crucial little details from the middle part that are a mystery to me.

I’m trying to figure out how to crack this writing thing, but it’s got a hard shell.



Beth Byfield